The Cuba Study Group wholeheartedly supports the introduction of the Freedom for Americans to Travel to Cuba Act by Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Jeffry Flake (R-AZ), and 53 additional bipartisan co-sponsors.

U.S. citizens should have the freedom to travel as they wish, thereby spreading goodwill and a deeper understanding of American values around the world. The current travel restrictions placed on them have no parallel for any other country and are vestiges of over fifty years of failed policy. Rather than catalyze political or economic freedom on the island, they have only served to hurt the Cuban people in a misguided attempt to weaken their government. 

Lifting the travel ban will have a substantial and positive effect on the lives of ordinary Cuban citizens who have joined the country’s nascent private sector. Instead of being forced to use the government as an intermediary, hundreds of thousands of Cubans who work in independent restaurants, bed and breakfasts, and a wide range of other service professions would have direct access to U.S. currency. Since the average Cuban worker earns $25 a month, even a small influx of American money would have a disproportionate impact on Cubans’ quality of life.

The Cuba Study Group’s support of lifting travel restrictions to the island is aligned with the majority of other stakeholders, including 81% of the U.S. population, 71% of Republicans, and 74% of Cuban-Americans. We encourage Congressional leaders to heed their constituents’ wishes and pass the act into law.


Recent Articles

Date Title
5/31/17 Trump weighs shift on Cuba
Melanie Zanona, The Hill
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Alex Pfeiffer, The Daily Caller
5/30/17 Cuba Rollback Could Cost Trump On Jobs Front
Jessica Holzer, Foreign Policy
5/30/17 CSG Partners with Cuban Economist Dr. Omar Everleny Pérez Villanueva to Analyze the Cuban Economy Files
5/29/17 Agricultural exports to Cuba would help compensate those whose properties were seized
Nora Gámez Torres, Miami Herald
5/29/17 Donald Trump Set to Reverse Barack Obama's Policies on Cuba
Harriet Sinclair, Newsweek
5/25/17 U.S. lawmakers reintroduce bill to end restrictions on Cuba travel
Reuters
5/25/17 Current Record
5/25/17 40 travel companies ask Trump not to reinstate Cuba travel restrictions
Kari Paul, MarketWatch
5/25/17 While tourists drink water out of a bottle, Cubans ration and boil a limited supply
Briana Erickson, Miami Herald
5/24/17 No USAID funds for Cuba in Trump budget proposal
Mimi Whitefield, Miami Herald
5/23/17 How Cuba's growing internet is fuelling new businesses
Natalie Sherman, BBC
5/23/17 Expedia is now booking hotels in Cuba
Reuters, New York Post
5/21/17 Cubans become the road warriors of D.C. diplomatic corps
Mimi Whitefield, Miami Herald
5/18/17 Trump will not announce highly anticipated changes in Cuba policy
Nora Gámez Torres, Miami Herald
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Sarah Marsh and Nelson Acosta, Reuters
5/17/17 Trump's critical Cuba policy
Paul D. Eaton and David L. McGinnis, Politico
5/15/17 How US tech companies can help Cuban entrepreneurs
Ryan Lawler, TechCrunch
5/15/17 Cuba: Where underground arcades, secret networks and piracy are a way of life
Brian Crecente, Polygon
5/14/17 No more Cuban rafters, Coast Guard says
Nora Gámez Torres, El Nuevo Herald
5/14/17 LGBTQ Americans meet in Havana with fellow Cuban activists
Steve Rothaus, Miami Herald
5/14/17 Royal Caribbean will be sailing year-round to Cuba in 2018
Chabeli Herrera, Miami Herald
5/11/17 Meet Cuba’s first Internet entrepreneurs at Disrupt New York
TechCrunch
5/11/17 Here's why Cuba should be on Francis' agenda when he meets Trump
William M. LeoGrande, National Catholic Reporter
5/10/17 Fears for Cuba as American Visitors Set to Rise Sevenfold by 2025
The Independent
5/9/17 Bulgari Watches and Lacoste Shirts: Cuba Opens First Luxury Mall
NBC News
5/7/17 Communist-ruled Cuba hosts first transgender Mass
Sarah Marsh and Anett Rios, Reuters
5/4/17 Starting a business in Cuba is more difficult for entrepreneurs of African descent
Nora Gámez Torres, Miami Herald
5/4/17 Cuba 2018: What To Expect As Castro Rule Comes To An End
Simon Whistler, Forbes
5/3/17 Is Cuba’s potential tourism growth a threat to the rest of the Caribbean?
Mimi Whitefield, Miami Herald
5/3/17 Russia resumes oil shipments to Cuba, helps fill Venezuelan breach
Marc Frank, Reuters
5/2/17 CSG Partners with the Kellogg School of Management to Analyze the Cuban Coffee Sector Files
5/1/17 Protester disrupts start of Cuba's annual May Day parade
ABC News, Michael Weissenstein
5/1/17 Push and Pull on Cuba
The Editorial Board, New York Times
5/1/17 Port Tampa Bay's first Tampa to Cuba cruise set sail on Sunday
ABC WFTS